Can your boss open mail addressed to you?

Can your boss open mail addressed to you?

Federal law prohibits the obstruction of mail delivery. But, according to the U.S. Postal Service, mail is delivered when it reaches the workplace. Accordingly, employers do not violate federal law if they open personal mail addressed to employees.

Is it illegal to open a package not addressed to you?

Yes. It is a federal crime to open or destroy mail that is not intended for you. The law provides that you can not “destroy, hide, open, or embezzle” mail that is not addressed to you. If you intentionally open or destroy someone else’s mail, you are committing obstruction of correspondence, which is a felony.

Can I opening someone else’s package at your address?

The federal statute 18 USC Section 1702 states that it is illegal for individuals to open correspondence that is addressed to other individuals. However, if you accidentally open someone else’s mail, you have not committed a crime.

Can my company open mail addressed to me UK?

The company is entitled to open any mail in relation to it’s business. It would be fair to assume any mail addressed to you (as an employee) at the company’s address would be in relation to it’s business. You have no rights to use the company’s address in relation to your own personal mail.

Is it illegal to open mail not addressed to you UK?

Opening someone else’s mail is allowed in certain circumstances under the Postal Services Act 2000. It is only an offence if you open someone else’s mail ‘without reasonable excuse’ or if you ‘intend to act to another’s detriment’.

Is it illegal to bin someone else’s post UK?

The Postal Services Act 2000 clearly states that it is certainly illegal to open someone’s post, or delay it reaching the owner. Although throwing it away may not be the same as peeking, most people (and more importantly, lawyers) could argue that binning the mail “delays” the post indefinitely, which is a crime.

Can my old landlord open my mail?

Interfering with mail is technically an offence under the Postal Services Act 2000 Section 84. Any subsequent mail received at the property could either be binned, opened, or destroyed by either the new occupant, or the Landlord and you would be none the wiser.